Lots of rain in Tennessee. Out with the 18mm-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G DX (Really cheap lens)-:

Not the best lens for a cloudy day. And really I have nothing spectacular in the lens department. But this lens I could stand falling in the lake with. But not with the Nikon D7100.

So I’m focused on some tree top with my finder. Little did I know 5 deer are about 10 feet behind me. I turn around and there they are just staring at me. By the time I got my camera focused on them they had scurried away. But they lingered about 50 feet away and this was the best shot.

This little squirrel wanted something to eat. Unfortunately I had nothing for him. Plus it’s not good to feed the wildlife. Feeding them just puts them in danger of cars in the park.

All my photos of the dam came out pretty dark. I even went into manual mode and tried raw. Nothing spectacular. Settled for the basic out of the camera jpeg.

Well, some times you just have to say they suck. Then turn the saturation up and laugh out loud.

Yeah, I walk the same trail 3 to 4 times per week. Mostly I just play around with the aperture or think about composition. Today I just amused myself in Apple Photos playing with the different adjustments. Normally I’m a Gimp (free image editor) type guy. But lately I’ve been appreciating the Apple way of doing stuff. Many tools to work with that normally I don’t pay attention to. You might say a “Software Suite.”

ISO 1600 on Nikon D70

Now if you bring a bike tire they still try and charge you a dollar. But the person working in the booth is never there. So it’s free most of the time.

The artist signed it with the signature Vincent Van Gogh. But 6 dollars seemed high.

I sold my Nikon D200 on eBay. Maybe I screwed up?

You get 40 percent more. I feel like I overpaid the last time I bought it with 40 percent less.

Nikon D70. The poor man’s Leica?

“Doing some research I was surprised to come across a site called Nikon D70 fan on the interwebs. The link is here. There are quite many articles relating to the D70 (D70 and D70s both share the same sensor, but you know that already). Here the author of the blog says that the image quality of the D70 is equal to that of Leica M8 and M9..really??? I want to believe.” 

The paragraph above is taken from this excellent website: https://thedarkroomknight.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/nikon-d70s-full-review-20162017-test-shots-and-complete-analysis/

All photos are modified or tweaked.

How many photos are manipulated on the internet? The original image is on the top and the modified image is on the bottom. Just a simple color tweak in Apple Photos and suddenly a natural image is a dramatic image.

But my original image was tweaked in the camera color settings. So not even the camera image is natural.

Long before digital photos, photographers were tweaking the film images in the darkroom. One might say the darkroom was the original “Photoshop.”

Does it even matter?

Who is on the leash?

“Do not be an embodier of fame; do not be a storehouse of schemes; do not be an undertaker of projects; do not be a proprietor of wisdom… Be empty, that is all. The Perfect Man used his mind like a mirror— going after nothing, welcoming nothing, responding but not storing.”